(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) Since successfully staging the 2006 Asian Games Doha has fought hard to become a world-renowned sports event city.
Monaco: The Qatari capital of Doha was named host of the 2019 Athletics World Championships on Tuesday just days after the Gulf state’s football officials were cleared by Fifa in their successful bid for the 2022 World Cup.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced Doha had beaten off Barcelona and Eugene Oregon for the event after missing out to London for the 2017 edition. “I am sure that in Doha we will have a wonderful edition of the World Championships” said IAAF president Lamine Diack saying the three bids were “the best presentations we have ever had”.
Shaikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani the leader of the Doha bid which saw off that of Eugene 15-12 in the second round of voting by the IAAF after Barcelona’s elimination added: “It’s a privilege and honour to have the trust of the IAAF.
“I am very delighted that these championships are going to be for the first time in the region. I’m confident that with the help of the IAAF we will organise one of the best world championships.” Doha has proposed holding the event in the unfavourable period from September 29-October 6 with marathons to be held in the evening in a bid to avoid the searingly hot summer month of August when the championships are usually held.
The 2015 world championships take place in Beijing from August 22-30 while the London 2017 event is also scheduled for August. The issue of temperature has also been a factor in the 2022 World Cup with a push to hold it in the winter months much to the disgruntlement of the European leagues.
Since successfully staging the 2006 Asian Games Doha has fought hard to become a world-renowned sports event city.
It held the 2010 World Indoor Athletics Championships and for several seasons the opening meet of the Diamond League in May.
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